So, while the enemies of the Pope both within and without the Church continue to destroy His Holiness's reputation with so many news stories that one wonders whether the phrase 'media overkill' was invented solely for this past month, here is a picture of a Robin that I took today while gardening at a client's garden in Preston Park, because, after all, we all need a bit of cheering up, as if the Annunication of the Lord isn't enough to have us Catholics usually bobbing around like little birds full to the brim with holy joy. It rained at times today and I managed to avoid being struck down by lightning during a brief thunderstorm. The Priest at the heart of the latest allegations of the 'Papal Paedophile Ring' scandal which the media will seemingly never let lie, is another sinful Lawrence, one Father Lawrence Murphy of Wisconsin, USA. Here are just a few of the jaw-droppingly slanderous, salacious headlines:
- Letters place Pope at centre of child abuse scandal
- Pope accused of failing to act on sex abuse case
- Pope 'failed to discipline US priest' who abused deaf children
- Pope accused of covering up US priest's abuse of 200 deaf boys
Damian Thompson quite rightly smells a 'stich-up' while the Catholic News Service tells it as it is:
'The Vatican defended a decision not to laicize a Wisconsin priest who sexually abused deaf children, despite the recommendation of his bishop that he be removed from the priesthood. In a statement responding to a report in the New York Times, the Vatican said that by the time it learned of the case in the late 1990s, the priest was elderly and in poor health. The Vatican eventually suggested that the priest continue to be restricted in ministry instead of laicized, and he died four months later, the Vatican said.'
So, something of a storm in a tea cup then? Why no, of course not! This is the smoking gun the gutter press has been looking for all along! To read the full and frank rebuttal of The Times's continual persecution of the Holy Father click here. Thank God someone out there is defending him against the most systematic, highly organised and unyielding media witch hunt since Senator John McCarthy first started drawing up questions to ask Americans concerning their personal adherence to Western capitalism. As we come closer to Holy Week, it only seems fitting that not only are the crowd beginning to revile, condemn and crucify the Vicar of Jesus Christ on Earth, but even the Apostles are keeping quiet, running away, or hanging themselves on the tree of their bitter and sinister betrayal.
Pray for the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, now gloriously reigning.